Activists call for budget allocation for cleaner energy sources
Alexander Mwalyoyo, Biomass Policy Dialogue Expert from the Tanzanian Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), made the statement during a recent speech at a one-day dialogue of the Society Organization Organization (CSO) on clean energy transition and the campaign against fossil fuels in Tanzania, held in Dar es Salaam.
He said the government has never allocated funds to finance renewable energy generation.
He said that with climate change and the transition to the global clean energy agenda, there is a need for Tanzania to fully exploit its significant renewable energy resources.
Some renewable energy sources include solar, hydro, wind, biomass, green hydrogen, and geothermal.
“We are currently carrying out advocacy in different regions of the country to promote the use of renewable energy for social and economic development as well as the transition to clean energy,” he said, adding that the goal is to help the government invest in the energy sector. generation, encouraging farmers to use solar-powered water pumps and encouraging fishermen to use modern and clean lighting systems, including solar energy.
He said TAREA is currently training fishermen on the importance of using solar powered lights.
The project is implemented in Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria to avoid pollution and protect lake ecosystems.
In Lake Victoria it has been implemented since 2015 while in Lake Tanganyika it started in 2015.
Currently, most fishermen use traditional kerosene lamps to lure fish into their nets, increasing the cost of fishing activities and polluting the lakes.
Mwalyoyo added, “Discussions are ongoing with the Ministry of Agriculture to help farmers in Iringa and Dodoma regions to start using solar powered pumps in their farming activities,” he said. .
According to Edna Godfrey, climate activist from Dar es Salaam-based CSO Green Conserver, despite the efforts of private sector actors, the government has not done enough to promote the use of cleaner energy sources. .
Abdallah Henku, a natural resource management and climate change consultant, said Tanzania depends on hydropower, natural gas, biomass and solar for its power generation.
He said that as climate change continues to affect different areas including water catchments which are good sources of electricity generation, the sources will dry up if necessary measures are not taken. “Using solar, geothermal, wind and other energy to generate energy for commercial and domestic purposes will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate climate change and preserve the environment. environment,” he said.
He said the country can seek expertise from South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, Israel, the United States, China, Sweden and Japan, as they are already advanced in the field of renewable energies in terms of expertise and technology.
The government should create an enabling environment in terms of budget, laws, policies and regulations for clean energy value chains, reduce barriers to investment for people working in the sector and increase knowledge about the best practices, he said.